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Brenner, C. (1991). A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Depression. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 39:25-43.

(1991). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 39:25-43

A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Depression

Charles Brenner, M.D.


A correct understanding of the role of depressve affect in triggering psychic conflict leads to a reformulation of the origins and the psychodynamics of depression as a feature of mental illness. It also raises serious question about the validity of the diagnosis of depressive illness.

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